The official residence of the President of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan is spread over 320 acres, that includes the main building, the beautiful Mughal gardens, the residences of bodyguards and staffs, stables, offices and vast open spaces. An erstwhile residence of the Viceroy of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan is the brainchild of the British architect, Edwin Landseer Lutyens. Quite distinct from other British colonial buildings, one can detect an aesthetic usage of Indian designs and hints of Mughal and European architectural components. Lutyens claimed that the huge central dome was inspired by the Roman Patheon.
The main building itself occupies a 200,000 sq.ft area and has 4 floors encompassing 340 rooms in all. Needless to say, the overall splendour of this place is multi-dimensional. Only a handful of the residential premises of the Heads of State from all over the world can match this building's size and magnificence. Sitting at the Eastern end of the Kingsway or Rajpath, Rashtrapati Bhavan faces India Gate, which lies at the Western end of the road.
Two huge Central Secretariat buildings make up the North and South block on either side of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, comprising of various ministries under the Government of India. Behind the buildings are the Mughal Gardens spread over 250 acres; they are open to the public from 14 February- 14 March. All buildings closed to the public, but discussed features can be seen from Rajpath and the Mughal Gardens.
General Information & How to reach Rashtrapati Bhavan.....!!!!
Instructions for Visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan
1. A request for visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan can be made by online Booking system through a link on the website http://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in/rbtour/
2. The visiting days of Rashtrapati Bhavan are as under:
Circuit 1: Rashtrapati Bhavan Main Building and the Central Lawn will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Circuit 2: The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex(RBMC) comprising the Clock Tower, the Stables and the Garages will be open on all days except Monday.
Circuit 3: The Mughal Garden and other Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan will be open from August to March on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
3. Timings will be from 9 AM to 4 PM.
4. Entry to Rashtrapati Bhavan for visit is through Gate No. 2(Rajpath), Gate No. 37(via Dalhousie Road-Hukmi Mai Marg) and Gate No. 38 (via Church Road-Brassy Avenue) of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
5. Indian citizens are required to carry valid photo ID Cards. In case of foreigners, they should make their request for visit along with photocopies of their passport. On the day of visit, they are required to carry their original passport for identification.
6. Registration charges of Rs. 50 per visitor are introduced w.e.f. 25th July 2016. The registration charges are payable online and will be non-refundable and non-transferable.
7. Visitors below the age of 8 years will be exempted from the payment of registration charges. Visitors individually or in a group of less than 30 persons will be charged Rs. 50 per visitor per visit. Visitors in a group of 30 persons will be charged Rs. 1200 (Rs. 50x30 less 20% discount) per visit. Visitors in a group of more than 30 persons will be charged Rs.1200 plus Rs. 50 per additional visitor.
8. Online booking is subject to confirmation through Email/SMS.
9. For security reasons, the President’s Secretariat reserves the right to approve / reject the permission to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan.
10. The permission to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan Tourist Circuits is subject to cancellation, as and when deemed necessary by the President’s Secretariat.
11. The Change of Guard Ceremony is held on every Saturday and Sunday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
On Saturday15 Mar 2019 to 14 Nov 2019 : 0800 hrs – 0840 hrs15 Nov 2019 to 14 Mar 2020 : 1000 hrs – 1040 hrs
On Sunday15 Mar 2019 to 14 Nov 2019 : 1730 hrs – 1810 hrs15 Nov 2019 to 14 Mar 2020 : 1630 hrs – 1710 hrs
"The above schedule is subject to change, as may be notified by Rashtrapati Bhavan."
12. A request to witness the Change of Guard Ceremony can be made online through a link on the website https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/visit_plan.aspx
13. A person with valid photo ID Card would be allowed to witness the Change of Guard Ceremony free of cost subject to availability of seats.
14. Entry will open 40 minutes prior to the Ceremony and close 15 minutes prior to commencement of the Ceremony.